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Frequently Asked Questions: The Siskiyou Peaks Trail
How long is this trail?
What is the longest 'waterless' alert?
9 miles. When approaching the town of McCloud.
How many resupply opportunities are there?
Are there any Farmer's Markets along this trail?
There are 7 in all. 2 are passed en-route, and 5 along an official resupply option.
What are the current trail tread percentages?
XC (non-maintained) = 5%
Trail = 69%
Dirt roads (open & closed) = 19%
Roads = 7%
Are there any bike-packing options?
Is this trail easy to hike?
With proper gear, adequate health, and backcountry navigation/survival skills, yes, but if any one of these things is missing, it may be difficult in places.
Are permits required to hike this trail?
Yes, to summit Mt Shasta and to build a fire anywhere in California.
1. Wilderness Permits are required to enter Mt Shasta Wilderness. They are free and available at both the Clear Creek (if going Sobo) or Sand Flat Trailhead if going NoBo; or in town at the Mt. Shasta and McCloud Ranger Stations.
2. A separate summit pass is also required to go anywhere above 10,000 feet. They are $25 for a 3-day pass or $30 for an annual and are available self-issue at all OPEN trail heads.
What's the current FKT for this trail?
26 days - set in 2013 by Aria Zoner.
Is this really a National Recreation Trail?
No. It's a proposal for one.
Why? Were you hoping it was?
You see, some people out there want this trail to stay wild, for it to be an adventure that only the hard-cores can do - people who can navigate by map alone, climb steep grades without switchbacks, and handle a little road walking here and there.
However, there are also people who want to see this trail become an NRT. They want to see these wilderness areas further designated and protected for future generations to enjoy, they want to help revitalize the old corridors and passages that are utilized by this route in connecting them, and they want to see official trail badges here & there plus a few new trail segments built for locals to enjoy that would also eliminate some of this trail's road mileage for thru-hikers.
What would you like to see?
Either way I'd love your feedback.
Where can I find additional information about this trail?
Download my free Peakbagger's Guide to the SPT here.